"No one errs or does wrong willingly and knowingly." -Socrates
Socrates was wrong on this one. Not every person is just misguided in their beliefs when they do wrong. More often than not, when good people do wrong they know it, and immediately try to atone for it or reflect on it with regret. Guilt is written all over them when they do it. And as far as erring goes ... People repeat the same mistakes pretty often.
In the words of Steven Denn, “You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it's not a mistake, it's a choice.”
@FreedomBeforeEquality When good people do wrong, it is because they made bad judgment when under a lot of pressure. I can find a reason for doing everything I did that was wrong, although after doing it I realized my reason was bad.
And yet if you make a bad judgement call twice in a row it was a conscious choice to ignore the lesson from the first and do that thing again. There is something learned after every decision you make, by analyzing your reasoning or whatnot. If you dont benefit from that lesson the next time around then the choice you made the first time, concerning that mistake, was wrong. Point is, if your reasoning is found wrong enough times, it can be said you are a bad person because your reasoning is wrong and continuously leads you to make the wrong decision more often than not. It doenst mean they didnt make a conscious decision to do wrong though, or that they didnt know. They know the consequences by that point.
Most normal people dont even have to do it wrong the first time to know those consequences. You can do bad just by knowing them ahead of time based on other peoples accounts. That would still be enough to put you at fault. Its just easier to cover that up because people cant know for certain, most of the time, that you knew what you were doing.
First of all some people dont believe in moral bad and good and secondly, people don't repeat things simply because of forgetting, in fact if it was something significant that they messed up then they will definitely be more likely to remember that for future reference
Yeah im pretty sure there is some level of imprint that happens when you do something. Maybe the measure of whether you are good or bad depends on how you take that feedback internally? If you have (or choose to have) little to no reaction towards killing, you could be considered bad. Your choice (whether its subconscious or not) to not account for what you know or take precaution against performing bad deeds by accident ... The second or third time around ... Is indicative of a bad person. You can try to chalk it up as a mistake every time ... But people begin to see that you are not putting forth adequate effort like they do to stop from doing those things. Usually because you find something you want to be more important or something, bad priorities.